Sick Puppy, Mental Health and Books


This has been an off week. I’ve had a sick puppy, he just wants to be cuddled. Sorry to hear The Snuggly Orange is taking a hiatus, but a girl’s go to do what a girl’s got to do. I haven’t blogged much this week. I need to blog about mental health. I don’t want to ignore that topic because I think it’s very important that more people are aware of it. I subscribe to Therese J. Borchard’s mental health blog and I have a couple of her books: Beyond Blue and The Pocket Therapist Both are very good books.

I have been very busy reading. Actually I’m probably reading too many books at one time. This is what I’m currently reading:

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And these books are waiting on me from Net Galley

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What do your stacks look like?


Happy St. Patricks Day

Here’s a small list of books set in Ireland.  I wish each and every one of you a Happy St. Patrick’s day,  Enjoy your green beer, your cabbage and corned beef and whatever you do to celebrate this day.  May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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The Tour by Jean Grainger
This book is about a tour group in Ireland with all it’s eclectic and eccentric characters.
2013. 300 pages.



The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford

A magnificent epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries. 2004. 800 pages



P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern
Gerry and Holly were soulmates. But then the unthinkable happens and Gerry passes on. But he still hasn’t left her. Each month he sends her a note that encourages her and strengthens her, helping Holly to become the women he knew she could be. Ahern has other books that also take place in Ireland. 2010. 512 pages


The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien
Story of how two country girls leave the oppression of rural life and move to Dublin. Each one wanting to take a different path. 2002. 192 pages



Amongst Women by John McGahern
The story of Michael Moran’s raising a family of five on a farm and how they overcome the
difficulties of life. 1998. 192 pages



Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
Cathy and Tom met in cooking school and now they hope to work together in their new catering business called Scarlet Feather. But of course, they meet challenges along the way. Maeve Binchy has other books that take place in Ireland. 2002. 566 pages

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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920’s Ireland. When violence threatens them  they decide to leave for England. Lucy is against this idea and runs away setting off a series of events that affects all the people of Lahardane for the rest of their lives. Historical fiction.
Reprint 2003. 240 pages.



A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The story of Stephen Dedalus growing up in Ireland around the turn of the twentieth century. Named number three book on the Modern Library’s list of best novels of the 20th century. First published in 1916. 265 pages.



Dubliners by James Joyce
A collection of 15 short stories about the lives of people around the Dublin area. First published in 1914. 215 pages.



How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
The story of Ireland’s role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.
2010. 246 pages


An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor

This is the first in a series of books about Barry Laverty, M.B. who has a brand new medical degree and not much of anything else sets off to find a position in a small rural community.
2007. 448 pages.


Ireland by Frank Delaney

About Ronan O’Mara as he pursues the eccentric storyteller who visited his home as a young boy.
2009. 578 pages.



Irish Folk and Fairy Tales Omnibus by Michael Scott
Tells the wonderful tales of romance, fairies, goblins and other other-wordly Irish creatures.
224 pages.



Ireland Rose by Patricia Strefling
When her beautiful home is destroyed by the 1886 earthquake in Charleston, she must return home to her parents in Ireland. 2011. 282 pages
Christian Historical Fiction

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